Mac Apps: Cloak – Free VPN protection for WiFi away from home
Good news..I have just adopted a MacBook Air 11..my very first Mac so, I can finally start looking at cool apps for the Mac OS X. I will be reviewing the air later on down the road. Since it is the travel season many of us will be connecting our MacBooks to strange WiFi Hotspots..most of them if not secure will be relatively safe..but all it takes is one bad one so Cloak is a Free VPN app that will protect data you transmit on a unsecured WiFi network.
Cloak is a really simple Free VPN client that just works. It encrypts all your Internet traffic so other users on the same network can’t read your data. But Cloak does away with the typical VPN song and dance of filling in a bunch of arcane server details and protocols—not to mention having to shop for and set up your own VPN service in the first place. With Cloak, you simply sign up for an account at GetCloak.com and install a little menu-bar utility.
Once you have completed that simple setup Cloak sits and waits until you sign into a unsecured network..one that doesn’t require a password..Then Cloak kicks in automatically connecting you through its servers and encrypting all you data to keep it from prying eyes. You can also name specific networks to always use or always not use Cloak..this works well for those unsecure WiFi Hotspots that do require a password.
If you are curious about the nuts and bolts, Cloak is based on OpenVPN and the company maintains a network of VPN servers around the world, using providers such as Amazon Web Services, Rackspace, Linode, Zerigo, and Gandi.net. If you want more check out this technical document
Cloak is a free download as is the iPhone and iPad app. The actual service is free for 1Gb of data or 2 hours per month. $8.00/mo will get you 20Gb of data and unlimited time and $15 00 will get you 50Gb of data and unlimited time.